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Sailing Yachts Classification

| Watercrafts | June 5, 2012

Luxury boats have become quite popular and it seems that the long list of manufacturers can keep up with the growing demand for every kind of yacht. To better understand the types of luxury boats available and to also get more information regarding which one would suit you best, you can check out the classification.

Day sailing yachts are the small ones, usually less than 20 feet. They don’t usually come with a cabin but they do have a retractable keel and a centerboard. These boats are made for short trips during good weather and they are very popular during the summer.

Weekender yachts are bigger than the above mentioned group and they measure less than 31 feet. The fact that they have twin keels makes them usable in shallow waters and some sailors use the tide to sometimes leave them on land. These can be used for small 2-3 days trips around the coast; resulting in the name.

Cruising yachts are even bigger and this is the most popular group when it comes to luxury boats. They usually measure less than 46 feet and can be very complex. These boats are the meeting point of comfort, luxury and handling as well as performance. It doesn’t strive at any category in particular but the fact that it is good in every department makes it perfect for the general customer. There are many manufacturers that offer this type of yachts and they can differ quite a lot. It is common for it to have many cabins below deck as well as platform hull. Obviously, they can be great for long journeys and they can accommodate quite a few people in comfort.

Luxury sailing yachts, as the name implies, are all about offering the best comfort and accommodations to the sailors. These can be longer than 82 feet and can be equipped with pretty much anything you need including air conditioning and television. The controls usually have computers that take care of everything and there is also a power generator on board to keep up with the energy demand. The latest models can come with solar powered generators that make them more eco-friendly.

Racing yachts is the last group in this classification and they are built to reduce the surface that interacts with the water and thus lowering drag and increasing speed. These are very light and have a tall mast that allows them to reach speeds of 35 knots in some weather.

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